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Col. Henry Ridgley, Col.

Also Known As: "/Ridgeley/", "Colonel", "Henry Ridgley"
Birthdate: (85)
Birthplace: England
Death: April 2, 1710 (85)
Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Province of Maryland
Immediate Family:

Son of Henry Ridgely and Sarah Ridgely
Husband of Mary Henderson; Alice Skinner; Elizabeth Ridgley and Elizabeth Howard Ridgely
Father of Charles Ridgely; Sarah Ridgley; Henry Ridgely, Capt.; Sarah Odell; Charles Ridgely and 1 other
Brother of Robert Ridgley and William Ridgley immigrant England
Half brother of Henry Ridgely

Occupation: cotton plantation owner, Colonel, Col., Member of Governor’s Council, Merchant
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About Col. Henry Ridgely

Possibly born in 1627.

Henry RIDGELY was NOT from Tiverton, Devon, England as listed by some researchers. The name RIDGELY does not occur there, and this likely is confusion with his second wife Alice SKINNER, who was from Tiverton.

J.D.WARFIELD, stated that Henry RIDGELY married Sarah, and speculated that Sarah was a daughter of James WARNER and Elizabeth HARRIS, apparently based upon Henry RIDGELY and James WARNER having jointly patented the tract "Waldridge" in 1661.

Simply, there is no truth to that. James WARNER transported himself, Joan his wife, and Joan his daughter into Maryland in 1650.7 He secondly married to Elizabeth, the widow of William HARRIS. William HARRIS in his will written 20 Sep. 1669 and probated 11 April 1670 left his estate, real and personal to his wife Elizabeth. The will of James WARNER was written and probated in 1673.9 He left his plantation to his wife Elizabeth, and after her death to his daughter Johanna SEWELL. He also made bequests of clothes to his son[-in-law] Samuel HOWARD and son[-in-law] Henry SEWELL.

On 4 August 1674 Elizabeth WARNER, widow and relict of James WARNER sold a parcel of 100 acres granted to William HARRIS on 10 Jan. 1667, the land having come to James WARNER by right of his wife Elizabeth.

The preceding documents show that James WARNER married Elizabeth, the widow of William HARRIS between 1670 and 1673. James had only one daughter, who was named Johanna/Joan when he entered Maryland in 1650. Any alleged daughter Sarah would have been born after 1650 as she was not named in the tranportation. In that the only "evidence" of a RIDGELY-WARNER connection was the joint patent in 1661, to assume Henry married a daughter of James WARNER, would require a belief that Henry RIDGELY married this daughter by 1661. An 11 year old (at most) being married stretches the limits of believability.

Henry RIDGELY, Sr. did not marry a daughter of James WARNER. Although the Bible of Nicholas RIDGELY stated his grandparents were Henry RIDGELY and wife Sarah, it is doubtful that Henry had any wife named Sarah. Henry's first wife Elizabeth HOWARD died about 25 years before Nicholas was born, and his father Henry died was barely 5. Nicholas had no first hand knowledge of what his grandmother's name was.

It is known that Henry RIDGELY married first Elizabeth HOWARD and second Alice SKINNER. Depositions in the MD chancery court show that his only child by his wife Alice SKINNER was his son Charles.

Henry RIDGELY's third marriage to Mary, widow of Mareen DUVALL was too late for her to be mother to any of his children. That leaves Elizabeth HOWARD to be the mother of Henry's children Sarah and Henry. As added circumstantial evidence as to the mother of Sarah and Henry, Jr., note that Sarah named her only daughter from her first marriage to John BREWER, Elizabeth (after her mother) and Henry RIDGELY, Jr. named his two daughters Anne (after his wife's mother) and Elizabeth (after his mother).

Henry RIDGELY Sr.'s first wife was Elizabeth HOWARD. She died between 1669 when her son Henry was born, and about 1672 when Henry, Sr. married Alice SKINNER.

Henry RIDGELY and first wife Elizabeth HOWARD had children:

1. Sarah RIDGELY b. Anne Arundel County, Maryland; m.1. John BREWER;11 m.2. Thomas ODELL;5 d. ca. 1727 Prince George's County, Maryland13

2. Henry RIDGELY b. 3 Oct. 166912 Anne Arundel County, Maryland; m. Katherine GREENBERRY d. 19 Mar. 169912 [1700] Anne Arundel County, Maryland

Henry RIDGELY's second wife Alice SKINNER arrived in MD ca. 1671, and depositions state they were married within a year.2 She died about 1694. Henry RIDGELY and second wife Alice SKINNER had child:

1. Charles RIDGELY2,5 b. ca. 1676 m. Elizabeth READ 25 Aug. 1698 d. ca. 1722 Anne Arundel County, Maryland15

1659, imigrated to Maryland. •ID: I40876 •Name: Henry Ridgely •Surname: Ridgely •Given Name: Henry •Prefix: Col. •Sex: M •Birth: in ,, England •Death: 1708/1710 in , Prince Georges Co., Maryland •_UID: 8E7F6209E31B0049B9EB0EA6E5D5CBE07CD0 •Note: ! (1) "Genealogy of Watkins Family of Virginia and Anne Arundel County, Maryland," by Fredric Z. Saunders, Midvale, UT. E-mail: (, 29 Aug 2006). Cites: (a) Maryland Patents 7:461, (Vol. 9) FHL microfilm 0,013,066. (b) Deposition of Rachel Freeborne, Tiverton, Devon, England, Baptist Church Records 1695-1915, FHL microfilm 1,526,426, item 3. (c) Henry Ridgley Petition to Maryland Chancery Court and associated depositions (1727), Tiverton, Devon, England, Baptist Church Records 1695-1915, FHL microfilm 1,526,426, item 3. (d) Mareen Duvall account, Maryland inventories and accountes 15:64, FHL microfilm 0,012,921. (e) Henry Ridgeley will, Maryland wills 13:89-94, FHL microfilm 0,012,845. (f) Prince George's Co., MD land records C:246-247, FHL microfilm 0,014,247.

(2) "The Founders of Anne Arundel and Howard Counties, Maryland," by J.D. Warfield (Baltimore, MD, Kohn & Pollock, 1905; rpt. Bowie, MD, Heritage Books, 1995) p.77-78, 106. Cites: (a) Manuscript abd Bible record of Judge Nicholas Ridgely of DE in possession of Mrs. Henry Ridgely of Dover. (b) Records of Annapolis. (c) "Our Early Settlers," by Creagar. (d) Burned record of 1704 restored by Col. Charles Greenberry in the interest of his sister's children.
(3) "1658-1758 Charles County MD Familes 'The first 100 years': Wills, Court, Church, Land, Inventories & Accounts," by Michael Marshall (, mrmarsha database, 13 Aug 2007).

! Birth: (1) England.

Marriage to Elizabeth HOWARD: (1a) (2b) Elizabeth HOWARD was his wife in 1659.
Marriage to Sarah __: (2a) Bible entry for grandson Nicholas RIDGELY's marriage to Sarah WORTHINGTON states that his grandparents were Col. Henry RIDGELY and Sarah his wife. [NOTE: Gravestone record shows Nicholas's father Henry RIDGELY, son of Col. Henry, was b. 3 Oct 1669.]
Marriage to Alice SKINNER: (1b) Rachel FREEBORNE 1727 deposition stated that Alice SKINNER had come to MD about 56 years ago, and married within a year to Henry RIDGELY. [NOTE: m. ca. 1671].
Marriage to Mary __: (1d,2) Widow of Mareen DUVALL. (2) 1696.
Death: (1e,f) Between 1 Jan 1708 and 13 Jul 1710. Prince George's Co., MD. (2) Will dtd 1705, probated 1710.
(2a) 1659: Hon. Henry RIDGELY of Devonshire, England, settled in MD on a royal grant of 6,000 acres. (1) Henry RIDGELY was NOT from Tiverton, Devon, England as listed by some researchers. The name RIDGELY does not occur there, and this likely is confusion with his second wife Alice SKINNER, who was from Tiverton.
(2b) 1659: Henry RIDLEY demanded lands for transporting himself, Elizabeth HOWARD his wife, and John HALL, Stephen GILL, Richard RAVENS and Jane his servants.
(2) 1661: James WARDNER and Henry RIDGELY were granted a certificate of 600 acres called "Wardridge" on the north side of South River, joining a tract "Broome," formally [NOTE: formerly?] Richard BEARD's, adjoining Neale CLARKE's.
(2d) 1665: James WARNER assigned his right to Henry RIDGELY.
(2) 1679: Henry RIDGELY Sr. was commissioned associate Justice of Anne Arundel Co., MD. (2a) Justice of the Peace.
(2) 1685: Surveyed "Ridgely's Forrest." It covered all the land surrounding Annapolis Junction and Savage Factory.
(2) 1689: Appointed Captain of the Foote.
(2) 1692: Was a member of the Lower House. (2a) Member of the Assembly of the Governmental Council.
(2) 1694: Promoted to Major.
(2) 1694: Promoted to Colonel in the Militia. (2a) Colonel of the Militia.
(2a) Vestryman of the Parish Church of St. Ann's.
(2) 1696: Henry and Mary RIDGELY closed the administation of the estate of Mareen DUVALL. The younger Mareen DUVALL objected to his guardian, Col. RIDGELY, but the courts did not sustain him.
(2) 1699: He granted to his son Henry 220 acres of "Broome" and 200 acres of "Wardridge."
(2) Moved across the river to Prince George's Co., MD, where he became a merchant.
(2) 1702: Col. Henry RIDGELY sold to Charles CARROLL "the house and lot in Annapolis, lately in the tenure of my son, adjoining the lots of Charles and Rachel KILBURNE."
(3) 1705, 30 Apr: Henry RIDGELY, merchant of Prince George's Co., MD, made his will. To wife Mary, executrix and heirs, dwelling plantation and land " catton." To unborn child if male at 21 yrs., if female at 16 yrs. or marriage, plantation "Larkin 's Forrest," bought of Thos. LARKIN, also 100 acres added to same and 500 acres "Marys Delight." Wife afsd to have use of sd land during minority of sd. child, and to possess former should child die without issue. (2) 1705: Col. Henry RIDGELY made his will. "I give to my wife Mary, my home plantation , 'Cotton', 'Mary's Delight' and 'Larkin's Folly', which I bought of Thomas LARKIN, to an unborn child. To son Charles RIDGELY, all that plantation called 'Hogg Neck', and 300 acres of 'Ridgely's Lot' lying at 'Huntington, Anne Arundel', excepting lands sold to Thomas REYNOLDS and Neale CLARKE, near Wm. GRIFFITHs. I give also to son Charles, 300 acres of 'Wardridge' adjoining 'Hogg Neck.' My wearing apparel to my brother, William, and my son, Charles. 'Larkin Forest', if there be no heir, to be divided between Henry RIDGELY and Nicholas RIDGELY, sons of his deceased son, Henry, and Henry, son of his son, Charles RIDGELY. The remaining part of 'Wardridge' to go to grandson Henry RIDGELY, son of Henry, deceased, after Charles had 300 acres out of it. If 'Mary's Delight' is not possessed by an heir, it is to be divided between John BREWER, Joseph BREWER, Thomas ODALL and Henry ODALL, sons of Thomas ODALL (elsewhere written ODELL). I give to my daughter, Sarah ODALL, wife of Thomas, a negroe girl; to all my grandchildren, L10; to my god-daughter, Martha DUVALL, L51, and a cow and calf. To St. Barnabas Church, Queen Parish, Prince George Co., L20. Grandsons Henry and Nicholas RIDGELY to be under the care of Thomas ODALL and Charles GREENBERRY until of age. The remaining part, whether here or in England, to go to my wife and executrix." Wits. Louis DUVALL, Thomas REYNOLDS.
(2) Made codicils to his will.
(2) 1710: Will probated.
(1b,c) 1727: Rachel FREEBORNE deposed that about 56 years ago Alice SKINNER had come to MD, and within a year married Henry RIDGELY of Anne Arundel Co. They had an only son Charles, who according to the deposition of Elizabeth RIDGELY, widow of William RIDGELY, was born about 4 years after the marriage.

•Change Date: 19 Aug 2007 at 01:00:00

Father: Henry Ridgely

Marriage 1 Elizabeth Howard b: ABT 1639 Children 1. Sarah Ridgely b: in , Anne Arundel Co., Maryland

Marriage 2 Sarah Children 1. Henry Ridgely b: 3 Oct 1669

Marriage 3 Alice Skinner b: in Tiverton, Devonshire, England •Married: ABT 1671/1672 in ,, Maryland

Children 1. Charles Ridgely b: ABT 1675/1677 in ,, Maryland

Marriage 4 Mary Stanton •Married: 1696/1699

Col. Henry Ridgley1

b. 1625, d. before 31 July 1710

    Col. Henry Ridgley was born in 1625 in Tiverton, Devonshire, England.1 He was the son of Henry Ridgley.1 Col. Henry Ridgley married as his first wife Elizabeth Howard, daughter of Matthew Howard and Anne Hall, circa 1665.1 Col. Henry Ridgley married Alice Skinner circa 1672.1 Col. Henry Ridgley married as his second wife Mary Stanton circa 1700 She was the widow of Mr. Duvall.1 Col. Henry Ridgley died before 31 July 1710 in Province of Maryland.1
    Col. Henry Ridgley immigrated in 1659.1

Children of Col. Henry Ridgley and Elizabeth Howard

•Sarah Ridgley1 b. c 1667, d. date unknown
•Henry Ridgley+1 b. 3 Oct 1669, d. 19 Mar 1699/0
•Martha Ridgley2 b. c 1672, d. date unknown

Child of Col. Henry Ridgley and Alice Skinner

•Charles Ridgley1 b. c 1676, d. date unknown


1.[S148] Mark L. Tunnell, "Tunell and Hootman Family Genealogy", Apr. 23, 2003, unverified.
2.[S274] Phil Moser, "Moser Ancestors", Nov. 2, 2001, unverified.

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  • Last Edited=6 Feb 2006
  • Colonel Henry Ridgely was born at Tiverton, Devon, England.1 , died 1710
  • He was the son of Henry Ridgely.1
  • He married Sarah Warner, daughter of James Warner, in 1665 at Anne Arundel, Maryland, U.S.A..1 He died in 1710 at Prince George's, Maryland, U.S.A..1
  • Child of Colonel Henry Ridgely and Sarah Warner
  1. Captain Henry Ridgely+1 b. 3 Oct 1669, d. 19 Mar 1699/0
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Col. Henry Ridgely's Timeline

Age 42
Anne Arundel, Maryland, USA
October 3, 1669
Age 44
Waldridge, A. A. Co., MD
Age 51
Anne Arundel, MD, USA
April 2, 1710
Age 85
Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Province of Maryland